Neuroscience

Understanding frontotemporal dementia

For the past 10 years, I have had the privilege of leading a support group for family caregivers of persons with frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and related disorders. The group’s creation was based on an observation among our clinicians at the OHSU Aging and Alzheimer’s Clinic that the typical Alzheimer’s Disease support group did not always meet the needs of families dealing with FTD. A closer look at the hallmark symptoms of frontotemporal degeneration will help … Read More

Meet the minds behind NW Noggin, a K-12 neuroscience outreach program

At 8 a.m. in an eastern Washington elementary school gymnasium, Bill Griesar, Ph.D. ’01, is in a situation that would make anyone else sweat. Dr. Griesar has brought his group of neuroscience outreach volunteers – undergraduate and graduate students hailing from OHSU, Portland State University and Washington State University Vancouver – to Davenport, Wash., to teach schoolchildren about brains and neuroscience. But he has just discovered that the pipe cleaners used to construct neuron models … Read More

Taking a seat at the table as an advocate for science

Our first meeting on Capitol Hill was in the office of Senator Jeff Merkley.  I was seated across from a staff member with expertise in health policy and next to neuroscience department chairs and researchers with distinguished careers.  Alissa Ortman, Outreach Manager for Society for Neuroscience (SfN), introduced us: “Here are the neuroscientists.” The first several times I heard her say it, my stomach dropped. I was there as an Early Career Policy Ambassador and … Read More

A strong neuroscience program is about to get stronger—meet leaders and researchers at the forefront

Today, neuroscience at OHSU is poised for dramatic growth, driven by emerging areas of research strength in the fields of neurodevelopment and neurodegeneration and a planned investment of at least $100 million. Led by long-time campus leaders and new luminaries, the university is doubling down on its quest: contribute in a major way to understanding the mystery between our ears and, above all, improve brain health. Leadership On the faculty since 1982, Dennis Bourdette, M.D., F.A.A.N., chairs neurology in the … Read More

Meet Patricia O’Shea, Brain Resource Center volunteer

It’s Volunteer Week here at OHSU. This interview was originally published in 2015, but Patricia O’ Shea is still here and going strong! She has been volunteering since 2010 and as of April 2017 has put in over 820 hours of volunteer time. Thank you so much for your continued dedication! Patricia O’Shea volunteers at our Brain Resource Center and is an active member of our Brain Research Awareness and Information Network (BRAINet). Why did you … Read More

April Spotlight: Neuroradiology and the fMRI exam

April is host to Neurodiagnostic Week, a time to honor and celebrate the contributions of our neurodiagnostic professionals. Our Neuroradiology department is an integral part of the diagnostic evaluation process and collaborates with all OHSU clinical and medical teams including but not limited to neurosurgery, interventional neuroradiology, ENT surgery, orthopedic surgery, and vascular surgery. One of the most advanced techniques we use is a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) exam. This exam is tailored to the location of the … Read More

Researcher and neurologist grateful for early-career grant

The Oregon Charitable Tax Checkoff grant was the first research grant I ever received. I was a neurology resident at the time, and with guidance from Dr. Jeff Kaye, the OHSU Layton Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease Center director, I applied for funds to complete a clinical study of a commonly used “outcome measure” in clinical trials with Alzheimer’s disease. That was also my first clinical research study.  We were able to publish the results in an … Read More

Fatal fits and nods affect us all

A child with intractable seizures is heartbreaking for family, friends and the neurologist who searches for effective therapy. But a child with intractable seizures who lives in dire poverty, who is malnourished, who cannot obtain medications, and who is rejected by government, by school and eventually by a desperate family is utterly devastating to anyone with compassion for humanity. This is precisely the situation today for thousands of children affected by Nodding Syndrome in northern … Read More

First annual Art of Neuroscience competition now accepting entries

The first annual ‘Art of Neuroscience’ competition is now accepting entries. All OHSU staff, faculty and students/trainees are invited to submit an original image that explores the aesthetics of brain and mind as a broad topic. From molecules to psychiatry, all interpretations of the artistic aspects of neuroscience are welcome. We are delighted to have a special category and prize designated just for high school students. Students should submit their art with the same information (including … Read More

“Brain team” collaboration helps kids learn about the influence of alcohol

ThinkFirst Oregon, the Portland Alcohol Research Center, and the Oregon Poison Center, (AKA the Brain Team) all located at OHSU, recently collaborated on a presentation for kids in grades 4-6, addressing the influence of alcohol on the brain. During a two day period, over 900 students were bussed into the Safe Kids Union County Safety Fair, held at the Blue Mountain Conference Center in La Grande, Oregon. In 15 minute rotations, students learned about brain … Read More

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